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Monday, July 21, 2008

Follow us to the finish

We have decided to publish our live tracking website. Please feel free to follow along with us this morning as we make our way to Medicine Hat and tomorrow as we head into Calgary.

You can track us live at: http://solar2.umsolar.com

It was not built to be public as is, but we figured it would be nice to get it out! So be warned it may not always work, so treat it as beta but enjoy.

23 Comments:

Blogger Wisniewski said...

Jeff and Jeff,
Thanks for the GPS tracking map. I tried it on a dial-up connection and it comes through great! At 10:42 AM EDT it showed you just west of Moosejaw. I also tried the mobile 3G web on my cellphone but that didn't work even with Optimization turned off. The rest of the blog comes through great on both dial-up and mobile web.
Thanks for all of the updates.

July 21, 2008 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Brian Ignaut said...

Awesome! This is a great resource for everyone following the race. Thanks to Jeff and Caflor for doing a good job on the tracking software.

July 21, 2008 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

GO BLUE!! Good luck as you come to the end of the race! :-)

July 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is amazing....even better than the 2005 tracking...

Great work...great thinking...great promotion....

go fast, go smooth, go blue!!!

Bob Hayes

July 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates and for the voice mail update and for the GPS tracking. Have a great time as you finish, It will be great to see you tomorrow, Go fast, go smooth, go blue!
From The Cramers (Kristine's family)

July 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the GPS. We can now track from home (sad)!!!

KC & Joe Harrison

July 21, 2008 at 12:15 PM  
Anonymous MAX ROSS said...

Great job guys! You are roughly at the place where we looked out the window and saw a field of blue flowers on our left and a field of yellow flowers on our right!

MAX
Mech 05

July 21, 2008 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Awesome! Super cool!

Unfortunately now I won't get any work done for the next two days... refresh, refresh, refresh...

July 21, 2008 at 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also thank you for the tracking website! Visual is nice.

And a huge Thank You to TC Lambert for the gathering AND sharing of info. It is a good feeling to be proud of group of dedicated team members.
(another anonymous)

July 21, 2008 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Tom Carroll said...

Reminds me of following the race through Australia on the tracker in the middle of the night! GO BLUE!

July 21, 2008 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Sometimes I make mistakes. Mea culpa. Michigan will not make it to Medicine Hat by noonish. Looks more like 1 pm MDT, 3-ish our time.

The real question is who else will make it without trailering? And especially, can Principia make it w/o trailering? On FriendFeed, Garrick Williams said there is a chance if Bochum drives the whole way, and Principia has to trailer their car on the last leg, the penalties could conceivable eat up all of Principia's lead and put Bochum in second. It sounds not likely, but possible.

Oh, and now that we can follow Michigan in real time, you know what my next complaint is. I want it for all the others, too.

July 21, 2008 at 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Jen Wegner said...

Awesome - thanks for connecting the live tracker to the blog! Go Blue!

July 21, 2008 at 2:21 PM  
OpenID speakingjose said...

Continuum is not in Alberta, just about 30+ miles from Medicine Hat.

@TC Lambert - the real interesting part is also what happens to teams in places 4-8? They are all so bunched up that it may be decided by which team trailers first and the farthest away.

July 21, 2008 at 2:28 PM  
OpenID speakingjose said...

sigh I meant now in Alberta. Have to switch to decaf after lunch.

July 21, 2008 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Garrick Williams said...

TC - I would figure we're on a first name basis by now. 'Sides, not like there are any other Garricks to get me confused with.

July 21, 2008 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Hostman said...

Hey guys,

Glad GPS is working for you. Depending on how things go business-wise, I'd like to offer tracking for all of the caravans for 2009/2010.

-Robert
Caflor

July 21, 2008 at 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have I done something wrong? [think user error] My tracker is stuck at the Alberta border.

It was acting funny before I shut down the computer for a while and a dialog box returned an error message asking if I wanted to stop the script from running. None of my re-entries to the page have the tracker running again.

Any help is appreciated.

Rainey

July 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Garrick Williams said...

Looking at it again, any trailering by Principia would definitely put them behind Bochum, as the published drive times for intervals 2 and 3 are huge (4:07 and 5:00, plus 2:37 from interval 1). Of course, Prin's car should be entirely capable of making the distance as long as their electrical gremlins are fixed.

Minnesota may end up regretting not following the lead of Rolla and Calgary and trailering to Brandon, since any trailering in the last interval is going to really hurt.

July 21, 2008 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Garrick Williams said...

To Rainey - I think everyone's is like that, the signal must have dropped out. The lolcat probably broke it.

Could someone confirm something for me? In the past, no team that trailered was allowed to finish ahead of a team that did not trailer (you were also explicitly not allowed to trailer beyond a team that had not trailered). Teams that did were ranked on miles travelled under solar power. However, the current regulations make it appear that, after the time penalty for trailering is applied, trailered teams are treated exactly the same as untrailered teams.

If this is the case, Minnesota may have misread the rules, as their blog makes it sound like they did not trailer from Winnipeg in order to "retain their spot in the top 5".

July 21, 2008 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

You give us the tracker, then you take it away? Cruel, cruel, cruel. Charles says they are just a few minutes from the stage stop.

Now somebody please tell us when the other teams get there, and if they had to trailer their cars to make it. The penalties may shuffle the rankings quite a bit. We long distance spectators probably won't know the new rankings until tomorrow morning.

July 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the updates, Garrick and TC. I was going Bluezerk.

Rainey

July 21, 2008 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Frederic Barthelemy said...

Hey Guys, I twiddled up a useful addition to the map. It's a bookmarklet which is basically a bookmark you click that modifys the map.

Because of blogger's restrictions you can get the code here

To use this, copy the code at the linked URL and open the GPS map, then either paste into the address bar, or (with firefox, safari, and maybe opera) paste this onto the bookmarks bar, and then click it.

Final step is to resize your window to your heart's content!

July 21, 2008 at 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

almost 10 hours in front of the others...quoting my sergeant, Outstanding!!

July 22, 2008 at 3:05 PM  

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